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DIVE DEEPER INTO HESED

God’s identity is beyond what we could ever


fully express in human words. But Scripture
uses one particular word to describe the
distinctiveness of God’s character: the
Hebrew word hesed.

Hesed is a concept so rich in meaning that it


doesn’t translate well into any single English
word or phrase. Michael Card unpacks the
many dimensions of hesed, often expressed
as lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, or steadfast
love. He explores how hesed is used in the
Old Testament to reveal God’s character
and how he relates to his people. Ultimately,
the fullness of hesed is embodied in the
incarnation of Jesus.

208 pages, paperback, 4549, $16.00 As we follow our God of hesed, we ourselves
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faithfulness.

Michael Card is an award-winning musician and performing artist.


He earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from Western Kentucky
University under Dr. William Lane. His many books include Scribbling in the
Sand, A Fragile Stone, and the Biblical Imagination Series on the four Gospels.
Card and his family live in Tennessee.

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“Michael Card has given his life to joining the wonder of Scripture with careful
scholarship. He writes with the touch of an artist, the mind of a scholar, the heart of a pastor,
and the reverence of a disciple. This book, focused on the character of a merciful God,
is not just a book about words in Scripture—it is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation
on the Word Incarnate himself, Jesus Christ.”
—R U S S R A M S E Y
pastor, author of Retelling the Story Series

A LOOK INSIDE

Part I. The God of Hesed 12. Hosea: A Novel of Hesed 20. Gemilut Hesed and
1. Opening the Door Tikkun Olam
Part III. Hesed Finally Defined
2. The Definitive Encounter Conclusion: Do Justice, Love
13. Hesed and Truth
3. Slow to Anger Mercy, Walk Humbly: The
14. On Jesus’ Lips Monumental Nature of Kindness
4. Like No Other God
15. How to Amaze Jesus Afterword
5. An Everlasting Refrain
16. The One Who Showed Appendix A: Occurrences of
6. A Prayer of Honest Rage Hesed Hesed in Scripture
Part II. The Objects of Hesed 17. Paul and the Path to Appendix B: Comparison of
Redemption Translations
7. When Dinah Held My Hand
Part IV. An Instinct for Hesed Appendix C: A Vocabulary of
8. The Heseds of David Associated Words
9. Ethan: “I Will Sing” 18. Here, Rabbi, Take My Seat
Appendix D: For Further Study
10. Moses: “In the Morning” 19. Hesed in Post–AD 70
Judaism
11. Jeremiah: “I Am Hesed”

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POLITICS
MAPPING FOR THE
HOLY BODY OF CHRIST
GROUND

“Politics” is often considered a dirty word.


It brings to mind lies and manipulation,
accusations and scandals. But at its most
basic level, politics is simply the everyday
activity of getting things done with other
people: understanding their interests,
recognizing the power dynamics at play,
and learning how to negotiate relationships
and institutions to achieve a common goal.

These realities are as true in ministry settings


as anywhere else. In The Politics of Ministry, Bob
Burns, Tasha Chapman, and Donald Guthrie
combine their long ministry experience with
sociological research on the topic. Filled
with real-life stories taken from a variety of
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ministry settings, this book sets out wise
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churches and parachurch ministries.

Bob Burns is the pastor Tasha D. Chapman is Donald C. Guthrie is


of spiritual formation associate dean of lifelong professor of educational
at Church of the Good learning and adjunct professor ministries at Trinity
Shepherd in Durham, of educational ministries at Evangelical Divinity School
North Carolina. Covenant Seminary. in Deerfield, Illinois.

Together they are also the authors of Resilient Ministry.

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“For all who are called to the enterprise of church leadership, The Politics of Ministry
is an invaluable guide down the path of greater effectiveness and influence.”
—T O M N E L S O N
president of Made to Flourish, author of The Economics of Neighborly Love

“A key benefit of this book is that it names and “The resources and tools provided in this important
encourages us to be honest about the social dynamics book will help a ministry leader (or any leader)
that occur in any church or organization. The navigate contextual waters that may seem calm on the
authors point the way to a more healthy, human, surface but often have a powerful undertow. An inte-
and informed way of living the good news of Jesus gration of systems thinking, interpersonal relational
in community.” health, and complexity science, The Politics of
—John F. Thomas, senior director for training, Ministry is a practical handbook for any ministry
Redeemer City to City leader seeking to build dynamic, healthy organizational
cultures and not lose their own sanity in the process.”
“A wise, thoughtful, helpful, and insightful guide
—Lisa Pratt Slayton, CEO, Pittsburgh
regarding ministry and church relationships. Leadership Foundation
Addressing issues of power, interests, and negotiation,
our authors point readers toward opportunities for “Many sincere leaders are naive about power; but
redemption and resilience in both relationships and Jesus challenges us to be shrewd as snakes as well as
structures for the good of the gospel and the innocent as a dove. Here is a book with the beauty
edification of the church.” of a snake and the ethics of a dove.”

—David S. Dockery, president of Trinity —Richard G. Thompson, Evangelical Free


Church of America
Evangelical Divinity School

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N E W A LTE R N ATE S

THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE


F. F. Bruce
After nearly nineteen centuries the canon of Scripture remains an
issue of debate. Adept in both Old and New Testament studies, F. F.
Bruce brings the wisdom of a lifetime of reflection and biblical inter-
pretation to bear in addressing the criteria of canonicity, the canon
within the canon, and canonical criticism.
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HOW NEIGHBORHOODS MAKE US SICK


Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop
Our neighborhoods are literally making us sick. While working in
community redevelopment and treating uninsured families, Veronica
Squires and Breanna Lathrop discovered that we can promote the
health of our communities by addressing social determinants that
facilitate healing in under-resourced neighborhoods.
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TWELVE LIES THAT HOLD AMERICA CAPTIVE


Jonathan Walton
Foreword by Greg Jao
The president is not the Messiah, the Constitution is not the Bible,
and the United States is not a city on a hill or the hope for the world.
Jonathan Walton exposes the cultural myths and misconceptions
about America’s identity, showing how our notions of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness are at odds with the call to take up our
cross and follow Jesus.
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DISCIPLESHIP ESSENTIALS (REVISED AND EXPANDED)


Greg Ogden
The Essentials Set
This expanded 25-session workbook by Greg Ogden, perfect for
small groups or individuals, helps us influence others as Jesus did—
by investing in a few. Working through it will deepen your knowledge
of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
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EXALTED ABOVE THE HEAVENS


Peter C. Orr
New Studies in Biblical Theology
Christians usually focus on what Jesus has done (his life, death, and
resurrection) and what he will do (his second coming and reign).
However, Christ is the one who not only lived, died, rose, and will
come again: he is also currently seated at God’s right hand. In this
NSBT volume, Peter Orr explores the New Testament witness to
Jesus as he is now, the exalted Christ, through the lenses of his
identity, his location, and his activity.
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HERMANAS
Natalia Kohn, Noemi Vega Quiñones, and Kristy
Garza Robinson
God calls Latinas to lives of influence. Sharing their own journeys
as Latinas and leaders, these three women find mentorship in twelve
inspirational women of the Bible, who navigated challenges of broken-
ness and suffering, being bicultural, and crossing borders. As we
deepen our spiritual and ethnic identities, we grow in intimacy with
God and others and become better equipped to influence others for
the kingdom.
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STUDY AND MEDITATION


Jan Johnson
LifeGuide ® Bible Studies
Reading the Bible is one of the most important spiritual disciplines
we can engage in. Why is Bible study so significant? How can
our attitude and approach affect what we get out of our reading?
Learning to immerse ourselves in God’s thoughts through study and
meditation allows us to go deeper into God’s Word and live in a
more Christlike way. This six-session LifeGuide from Jan Johnson
helps us do just that.
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PLANT A FLOURISHING CHURCH

Let these guides teach you how to cultivate


a new church from the ground up.

STARTING APOSTOLIC PIONEERING THE NEW PARISH


MISSIONAL CHURCH MOVEMENTS Paul Sparks, Tim
CHURCHES PLANTING Steve Addison Soerens, and Dwight
J. D. Payne J. Friesen
Edited by Mark Lau Jesus pioneered some-
Branson and Church planting is not thing completely new Headlines rage with big
Nicholas Warnes just about gathering in human history—a stories about big church-
All mission is local— new communities of dynamic missionary es. But tucked away in
the people of God people who are already movement intent on neighborhoods through-
joining the work of God Christians. Planting reaching the world. out North America is a
in a particular place. In churches flows naturally What does it take to profound work of hope
Starting Missional Churches out of making disciples. lead movements like that quietly unfolding as the
Mark Lau Branson In this concise guide, today? Steve Addison gospel takes root in the
and Nicholas Warnes pastor J. D. Payne shows how to follow context of a place. The
introduce us to seven explains the process and Jesus’ example, offering future of the church is
missional churches while stages of church plant- a vision of apostolic local, connected to the
examining common ing, with biblical foun- leadership that embraces struggles of the people
challenges regarding dations and practical Jesus’ mandate to make and even to the land
church planting. steps for planting teams disciples of all nations, itself.
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PLANNING FOR YOUR SMALL GROUP?

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help you facilitate discussion
and encounter Scripture.

THE BIG BOOK ON HOW TO LEAD A SMALL GROUP SMALL GROUP


SMALL GROUPS LIFEGUIDE® BIBLE LEADERS’ STARTER KIT
Jeffrey Arnold STUDY HANDBOOK Jeff Arnold
Jeffrey Arnold knows Jack Kuhatschek The small group that LifeGuide® Bible
the pressures of small and Cindy Bunch wrote this book—made Studies
group ministry, but he LifeGuide® Bible up of current and Do you want to build
has also seen the power Studies former campus minis- relationships, study
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You can be the match
ministry settings. In this InterVarsity Christian to reach out to others?
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need a few basic skills.
he discusses the basic need to know about you with everything you
This handbook by Jack
components and dynam- small groups, includ- need for the first meet-
Kuhatschek and Cindy
ics of small groups ing foundations, key ings of a small group.
Bunch will show you how
and offers training and components, life stages, Getting acquainted, setting
to lead discussion, how
resources to help you get planning, communica- expectations, studying
to start a group, how to
started in effective small tion, conflict, leadership, Scripture—it’s all here in
decide what to study, and
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JOHN’S LETTERS

Allow these studies and reference


works to you lead you deeper in your
understanding of 1-3 John.

JOHN’S LETTERS THE LETTERS OF 1–3 JOHN THE LETTERS OF


Ron Blankley JOHN Marianne Meye JOHN
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Everyone Bible Study Testament Testament
When we strip away
Guides Commentary Series Commentaries
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cultural, or traditional, In his letters, John Marianne Meye This Tyndale volume is
what is the essence of expresses delight at Thompson provides an designed to help readers
true Christianity? What believers who are “walk- introductory discussion understand what the
qualities and beliefs char- ing in the truth”: behav- and passage-by-passage Bible actually says and
acterize a living—and ing with that integrity commentary of 1–3 what it means. The com-
life-changing—faith? which reflects the gospel. John. With the help of mentary examines the
1, 2, and 3 John focus These nine studies from the scholarly background text section by section,
on the most important Tom Wright help us material, Thompson drawing out its main
aspects of Christian life. become believers who are allows the text to speak themes. It also comments
As Ron Blankley leads “walking in the truth” to a contemporary on individual verses and
you through the lessons in our own day—people church still caught in deals with problems of
of these letters, you’ll in whom the very life of controversy. interpretation.
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THE HOLY SPIRIT

Strengthen your relationship with


the third person of the Trinity.

THE HOLY SPIRIT THE HOLY SPIRIT THE MESSAGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
IN MISSION Sinclair B. Ferguson THE HOLY SPIRIT Donald G. Bloesch
Gary Tyra Contours of Christian Keith Warrington Christian
Theology The Bible Speaks Foundations
Without a robust,
The Holy Spirit, once Today Bible Themes The fruit of a lifetime
biblical sense of the
forgotten, has been Series of study and devotion,
Spirit’s action, how can
we be sure we’re fulfilling “rediscovered” in the The story of the Holy Donald G. Bloesch’s
the call to participate twentieth century—or Spirit is epic, stretching wide-ranging and in-
in God’s mission as a has he? Ferguson seeks from the Bible’s earliest depth reflection on the
church? In this innovative to recover the who of pages to its last breath. presence, reality, and
work of missional the Spirit fully as much In this commentary ministry of the Holy
pneumatology, Gary Tyra as the what and how. Keith Warrington leads Spirit serves as a land-
synthesizes charismatic Ferguson’s study is rooted us through the Scriptures mark guide to those
and evangelical perspec- and driven by the scrip- to discover God’s Spirit seeking a faithful theo-
tives to flesh out the tural story of the Spirit throughout, eager to do logical understanding of
nature and purpose of in creation and redemp- good through us and, the Holy Spirit as well
the church’s preaching, tion. Here is the mature more centrally, eager to as those searching for a
proclamation, and reflection of a Reformed remind us that he abides renewing and empower-
service. theologian who will sum- with us and is for us. ing hope for the church
mon respect and charity of Jesus Christ.
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